KIKS & KIOL Radio News 11/21/2017

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has rescinded a boil water advisory for Allen County Rural Water District 16 in Allen County. KDHE officials issued the advisory because of a line break resulting in a loss of pressure in the system. Laboratory testing samples indicate no evidence of contamination and the situation has been resolved. (11/21)
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The Neosho Regional Advisory Committee will be hosting two special open houses regarding the state of the area’s water resources. The first will be on Wednesday, November 29, at the City of Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium from 11 a.m. – 1p.m. The second opportunity will be Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at the Lyon County Fairgrounds also from 11a.m. – 1p.m (11/21)
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One person was transported to a hospital after a pickup truck crashed into a house in Eureka on Sunday. The Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office reports that just before 3:45 p.m., deputies found the driver of the pickup unconscious behind the wheel in apparent medical distress. They performed CPR until EMS arrived. No one in the house was injured. (11/21)

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KIKS & KIOL Radio News 11/20/2017

Neosho County Commissioners discussed changes in employee health insurance Friday, but voted down any changes until 2019. According to the Chanute Tribune, commissioners will get input on possible changes for the next year from department heads. The county currently pays 100 percent for single coverage and 80 percent for other coverages. (11/20)
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The Bowlus Commission met with two members of the USD 257 board of education late last week. According to The Iola Register, the meeting was the first since last week’s court decision granting the school board great latitude in its role as Bowlus trustee. The goal was to gain a level of stability while the school board pondered its next move. (11/20)

KIKS & KIOL Radio News 11/17/2017

It’s not every day that a town in our listening area is featured on a national newscast. It happened yesterday, when NBC News aired a story about the revitalization effort going on in Humboldt, sperheaded by B&W’s Joe Works. If you’d like to see it, we have a link to the video pinned to the top of the Iola Radio Facebook page. (11/17)
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A boil water advisory has been issued for Allen County Rural Water District 16 which is in northeast Allen County, mostly south of Mildred. KDHE officials issued the advisory because of a line break resulting in a loss of pressure in the system. The advisory took effect yesterday and will remain in effect until the risk of contamination is resolved. (11/17)
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Two people from Wichita were seriously injured yesterday afternoon when their pickup collided with a semi at the US400 K39 Junction in Wilson County. 67 year old Robert Scheideman and 71 year old Twilla Scheideman were both life flighted to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. The semi driver from Hutchinson was not injured. (11/17)

KIKS & KIOL Radio News 11/15/2017

Iola City Council members have once tabled a potential electric rate increase. The Iola Register reports that they have opted to wait for a better estimate of how much of an increase is needed. City Administrator Sid Fleming said that he and a consultant no longer believe a rate hike of 6 to 8 percent is needed. That’s because of changes in the energy cost adjustments that were adopted adopted earlier this year by the city. Pushing action back to the next meeting on November the 27th will allow for additional time to get firmer numbers. The problem is that the city does not earn enough to sustain its electric reserves. Several people at the meeting urged the city not to increase the rate. (11/15)
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A Chanute business will hold a benefit for the families of the three women killed in a highway collision with a deer south of Iola earlier this week. On Dec. 8, the Wellness Center will provide chair massages for a minimum donation of $10. Proceeds from the day will be divided evenly three ways. They will offer grab-and-go lunches and dinners. The Wellness Center is located at 24 W. Main in downtown Chanute. For more information, call 212-6245. (11/15)
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Winter begins in about five weeks and the National Weather Service is holding its annual Winter Weather Awareness Day today. The purpose is to remind residents of the risks associated with winter conditions. The National weather Service in Wichita has helpful links at the top of it’s home page. http://www.weather.gov/ict/ . (11/15)

KIKS & KIOL Radio News 11/14/2017

The numbers are in for the write-in votes from last week’s Allen County election. County Clerk Sherrie Reibel reports that the city council position in Iola’s Ward 4 went to write-in candidate Mark Peters who received 17 votes. For Iola USD 257 Member District number 5, Jared Larkey received the most write-in votes with 12. In Marmaton Valley USD 256, the third at large position went to write-in candidate Jason Kegler who received 44 votes. For the Humboldt City Council’s Ward 1 Position 3, write-in Candidate Kent Goodner got the most votes. A vacant seat on the Moran City Council was open to a write-in candidate and Corliss Lynes received 9 votes there. The two remaining vacancies on the Savonberg city council went to write-in candidates David Janssen and Richard Barnum. (11/14)
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Meanwhile, in Neosho County, Galesburg and Earlton need to appoint one council member each after write-in candidates did not receive enough votes to fill the open positions. The Chanute Tribune reports that the Thayer city council filled its three open seats with write-in candidates. (11/14)
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A Greenwood County man was injured yesterday evening in yet another accident involving a deer in the roadway. The highway patrol reports that 56 year old Ronald Wilson of Hamilton was transported to Newman Regional Hospital after striking the deer 4 miles south of Olpe on K99. His passenger was not injured. (11/14)

KIKS & KIOL Radio News 11/13/2017

Three people were killed when their vehicle struck a deer and went into the ditch on US 169 four miles south of Iola at about 5:30 last night. The highway patrol says that 33 year old Sherry Bingham and 32 year old Ciara Edwards, both of Chanute, and 37 year old Samantha McMillan of Walnut died in the accident. The driver of a second vehicle involved was not injured. (11/13)
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The Iola USD 257 school board has received the much anticipated opinion of the district court defining their responsibility as trustees of the Bowlus Fine Arts Center. Senior District Judge Robert Fairchild stated that the school district is not required to hold classes at the Bowlus and may pay for any use at it’s own discretion. He also stated that the school board could give up their trustee status and have the court appoint another trustee. Furthermore, the University of Kansas Endowment Association has no claim to the facility.  Or, it could negotiate with the city or a non-profit entity to obtain title to the Bowlus and terminate the trust.  The judge stated that it’s clear that the Bowlus is an asset, but that it has become somewhat of a burden to the school district. It’s now up to the USD 257 board to decide their next move. (11/13)

KIKS & KIOL Radio News 11/9/2017

There is still a little bit of mystery around Tuesday’s election in Allen County. With the lack of candidates, a number of races will be settled with write-in candidates. Officials in the Allen County Clerk’s office know how many write-in votes were cast, but those names won’t be announced until at least Monday. Turnout was a low 14 percent. (11/9)
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The staff at Humanity House is planning their annual Santa’s Toy Shop again this year. They need your help replacing decorations that were destroyed by flooding in a storage area. There is also a great need for gently used toys and books to be given to children. A drop box is available at The Bank of Gas, or contact Tracy at Humanity House, 380-6664. (11/9)
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New ambulance stations in Humboldt and Moran have inched closer to reality. The Iola Register reports that Allen County commissioners reviewed one plan for a building. County Counselor Alan Weber suggested commissioners take a more formal approach and request bids for proposals. Commissioners expect several contractors to have interest in the project. (11/9)
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The Chanute Recreation Commission accepted the resignation of its sports director at the regular monthly meeting. The Chanute Tribune reports that Sports Director Bryan Waggoner’s two-week notice was accepted after an executive session Wednesday. Waggoner leaves after a yer and a half to accept a position with Webb City Recreation. (11/9)